HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau Information Email- August 27, 2020 #HRSA #HIV

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Volume 23, Issue 18

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HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau News


Save the Date: September HAB You Heard Webinar – September 22

Mark your calendars for the next “HAB You Heard Webinar,” the monthly update from the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), which takes place on September 22, from 3:00-4:00 PM ET. Join HAB to hear COVID-19 and Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) updates from HAB leadership and new Recipient Spotlight presentations. Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients, subrecipients and stakeholders are encouraged to participate.

To participate.

Dial: 888-994-8789

Passcode: 3483339

2020 National Ryan White Conference on HIV Care & Treatment: Complete Evaluations by August 28

2020 National Ryan White Conference attendees are encouraged to complete the general conference evaluation. This evaluation is located in the “Evaluations” tab on the virtual conference platform. All evaluations, including those for continuing education (CE) credits, must be completed by August 28, 2020. The CE session videos will be re-uploaded to the platform after the two-week period for evaluations is over.

The virtual conference platform will be accessible until November 1, 2020, including plenary session and non-CE breakout sessions. Session videos and presentations will also be available on TargetHIV in the early fall.

HRSA HAB COVID-19 FAQ Webpage Update

HRSA HAB is continually updating the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage.

Access the COVID-19 FAQ Webpage.

Clarification on HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Requirements Regarding Eligibility and Recertification for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services during COVID-19 Pandemic

The health and safety of Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients, providers, and clients remains of importance to HRSA HAB during the COVID-19 pandemic. HRSA HAB encourages recipients to exercise flexibility in their eligibility determination and six-month recertification processes to promote social distancing practices and implement remote (telephonic or electronic) documentation processes when possible. Policy Clarification Notice (PCN) 13-02: Clarifications on Ryan White Program Client Eligibility Determinations and Recertification Requirements outlines existing requirements and flexibilities with regard to RWHAP client eligibility determination and six-month recertification. Some examples of eligibility and recertification practices that are not required as per PCN 13-02 include:

  • In-person actions related to recertification of eligibility

  • Handwritten client signatures to accompany self-attestation

  • Notarized documentation to support eligibility and recertification determination

  • Documentation of any changes in income at six-month recertification if the change does not impact RWHAP eligibility

  • Dis-enrolling clients from RWHAP services who are unable to recertify eligibility within a reasonable timeframe

HRSA HAB encourages RWHAP recipients to reassess their organization’s eligibility and recertification policies and procedures and remove any procedures that may impede social distancing or other public health strategies necessary to minimize COVID-19 transmission, or that impose any additional requirements beyond those specified in PCN 13-02.

Access PCN 13-02.

HRSA Publishes Special Collection of Articles from SPNS Social and Digital Media Initiative

This month HRSA released a collection of manuscripts in Health Promotion Practice (HPP) September 2020 edition, highlighting models of care and outcomes from an initiative that utilized innovative social media methods to link and retain hard-to-reach youth and young adults in HIV primary care and supportive services. HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Program “Use of Social Media to Improve Engagement, Retention, and Health Outcomes along the HIV Care Continuum” initiative funded demonstration projects in ten cities throughout the country from fiscal year 2015-2019.

The journal features eight peer-reviewed papers that show significant promise in using tailored, mobile technology-based platforms to improve HIV-related care and treatment to reach young gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) and transgender women.  Demonstration projects implemented and evaluated the acceptability and impact of using different social media and messaging services (e.g., Facebook messaging and optional secret group, texting, and original or adapted mobile apps).

Access the Special Collection.

2020 Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR) Changes

There are changes to this year’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR). HRSA HAB received approval for the addition of two Client Report questions. There is also clarification on reporting clients and services as a result of receiving CARES Act and/or Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative funding.

For more information on the changes.

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ADR Town Hall: Webinar September 9

This webinar, September 9, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, will provide Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) recipients an opportunity to discuss what worked and what was challenging in the 2019 ADAP Data Report (ADR) submission process. Participants will have an opportunity to give feedback on how to improve technical assistance support.

To participate.

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Basics of the RSR: Webinar September 16

This webinar, September 16, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET, features an overview of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Services Report (RSR) terminology and the three components of the RSR: the RSR Recipient Report; the Provider Report; and the Client Level Data (CLD) Report. It will also review the 2020 RSR submission deadlines and how to access available resources on TargetHIV.

To participate.

(Not a U.S. Government website)

Accessing Employment Opportunities for People with HIV at the Federal, State, and Community Level: Webinar: September 24

HRSA HAB and NMAC are partnering to present an employment webinar for people with HIV, Accessing Employment Opportunities for people with HIV at the Federal, State and Community Level. The webinar will take place September 24, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET and will walk participants through the hiring process at the Federal and State level, as well as at community-based organizations. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to apply for current vacancies, how to build a better resume, and be directed to resources to assist them in their job search. An explanation of Federal special hiring authorities will be presented and participants will hear personal experiences from people who recently hired. This webinar continues HRSA HAB’s investment in HIV workforce development and the launch of a new program, ELEVATE (Engage Leadership through Employment, Validation, and Advancing Transformation and Equity), which enhances the vocational development of people with HIV in the workforce and community leadership.

To participate.

(Not a U.S. Government website)

Call for Submissions: Best Practices Compilation

HRSA HAB is compiling new and innovative strategies to reduce health disparities and improve outcomes along the HIV care continuum. Share your story of what’s working for your community. Your emerging strategy may be a solution for other RWHAP recipients and subrecipients across the country.

For more information.

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Other News 

CDC’s 2018 HIV Surveillance Report Data

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 2014-2018 HIV surveillance data for the U.S. and six dependent areas. These data expand on the 2018 HIV Surveillance Report.

View the reports.

Results from CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey

The 2019 data for the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) are now available. The study monitors six categories of priority health behaviors among high school students. These include: tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors related to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection; unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity. New this year is YRBS Explorer, a user-friendly web application featuring national, state, and local YRBS data via tables and graphs.

Read more.

National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: August 30

National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed this year on August 30. It is intended to engage faith communities to work together for HIV/AIDS education, prevention, treatment, care and support, and to reduce and eliminate stigma and discrimination. National Faith HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was first observed in 2017 and is annually observed on the last Sunday in August.

Learn more.

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